Music to the ears of classical music lovers - The Leamington Observer

Music to the ears of classical music lovers

Leamington Editorial 7th Oct, 2022   0

WARWICKSHIRE Symphony Orchestra (WSO) have a busy new season ahead.

They start with a concert at Warwick Hall on October 15 with its Sibelius The Swan of Tuonela, Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and Prokofiev Symphony no. 5. Callum Smart joins the WSO for the violin concert. He first played with the WSO aged just 13 and has returned several times.

A week later the orchestra will perform in Stratford on October 22 as part of the Music Festival. There is one change to the programme – the Symphony will be be Dvorak’s dramatic 7th symphony.

Both of these concerts will be conducted by Roger Coull.

On November 12 WSO join with Coventry Cathedral Chorus to honour the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams, in a programme of his most powerful works for chorus and orchestra.

This will include Towards the Unknown Region and Donna Nobis Pacem.

A couple of weeks later comes the annual Sunday afternoon Family Concert at the Spa Centre in Leamington for a Sunday afternoon Family Concert. This year, there will be a dance theme – with music from The Nutcracker to the BBC’s The Apprentice.

Both of these concerts will be conducted by Paul Leddington Wright.

After a break over Christmas,WSO will start rehearsals for a spring concert at All Saints Church in Leamington. The progamme for this will be Weber Der Freischütz Overture, Webern Im Sommerwind and Brucker’s Symphony no. 7. Once again, Roger Coull conducts.

To round off the season WSO welcome back charismatic concert and opera soprano Nadine Benjamin and guest conductor Richard Dickins. After Verdi La Forza del Destino overture, Nadine will sing a selection of Verdi arias. Brahms’ third Symphony closes the evening.

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* BEAUCHAMP Sinfonietta celebrate half a century with their 50th Anniversary Concerts at the weekend (October 8 and 9).

They perform Afternoon Tea Concerts at The Grange Hall in Southam on the Saturday and Leamington Town Hall on the Sunday. Both concerts start at 3pm.

Nic Fallowfield conducts, with leader Susan Meteyard and soloist soprano Elizabeth Ryder.

The programmes features Rossini’s Overture to The Barber of Seville, Haydn’s Symphony No.50, Canteloube Songs of the Auvergne, Malcolm Williamson’s Lento for Strings, Milhaud’s Le Boeuf sur le Toit and Mozart’s Symphony No.35

Tickets available on the door priced £14 (£12 concessions/£2 students and children) Visit for further details.

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